Art 492

Helga Watkins
e-mail:     tel: x54804  895.4804

Course Description
Allows students to pursue in-depth portfolio-quality design or media-related work for the purpose of enhancing and focusing the student's portfolio in target areas. Production schedule and in-progress meetings by appointment, and to determined in consultation with student. Formal meetings with group critiques may be intermittently scheduled during the semester. This will be determined according to student schedules. Written project proposal, references, relevant student design samples, and proposed production schedule to be submitted in writing by student prior to enrollment. Enrollment requires written consent by instructor facilitating the study.

Course Objectives
Student will:

• Produce computer design or artwork that effectively resolves given challenges in design and demonstrates command of principles and elements of design. Documents produced will conform to professional file construction standards promoting transparency and production efficiency.

• Student will pursue in-depth development of a specialized area for the purpose of enhancing and focusing their portfolio. Gain technical skill and conceptual fluency in target areas of a design-related area.

• Produce a volume of self-directed design or artwork appropriate to the enrolled credit load, and to a standard of quality befitting inclusion in the student's portfolio.

• Cultivate regular development of process notebooks to promote increasing depth of visual, sociological, and technical research; employ various forms of research and visual exploration to achieve optimal context-sensitive design solutions.

Process Notebook  –Students are required to keep a process notebook documenting your design and problem analysis for each project. The notebook should contain project spec sheets, notes, and design exploration that may take a variety of forms including sketches, comps, or collages in early stages and reveal the evolution of your solution through to its final stages for each class project. The notebook will serve as a visual display of your thinking process. It will allow you, your instructors, and future employers to see a variety of possible design solutions. Use your notebooks to help you advance from one idea to another; record speculative or non-class related design ideas and artwork, maintain a dialogue with yourself, develop your visual sensibilities, and experiment. Keep the notebooks current as you progress through each project. Ideally, you will keep your process book with you throughout the day in order to record ideas as they occur, as well as to take advantage of  any opportunities you may have to devote to additional skill development. It is expected that you will bring your process book to each meeting, and be prepared to turn it (documented in electronic form) as part of your final course portfolio submission.

Student works primarily independently, but must attend scheduled individual meetings with the faculty instructor, as well as intermittent group critiques during the semester. These will be scheduled in advance according to student availability and schedule. Additionally, depending on the nature of the planned projects, the faculty instructor may recommend or require attendance in specific events during the semester, such as lectures or workshops.
Computing & Lab
You are required to maintain an archive of all the class projects and exercises you have done throughout the semester for inclusion in a final course portfolio that you will turn in at the end of the course on a CD or DVD. It is your responsibility to maintain your own file archive. You are responsible to take any and all appropriate precautions to assure all files needed for class are available to you until the end of the semester. There will be no extensions or incompletes granted for lost or damaged files. I strongly recommend that you make multiple copies of important work, that you save often, and have more than one location for your documents. Please familiarize yourself with rules governing the use of computers and labs at UNLV. Policies are posted at The UNLV Office of Information Technology (OIT) maintains multiple open labs on campus with the updated versions of CS software, design students frequently use GRA246, a neighboring convenient lab. The schedules for all the open labs on campus are available at:

Academic Misconduct
Academic integrity is a legitimate concern for every member of the campus community; all share in upholding the fundamental values of honesty, trust, respect, fairness, responsibility and professionalism. By choosing to join the UNLV community, students accept the expectations of the Academic Misconduct Policy and are encouraged when faced with choices to always take the ethical path. Students enrolling in UNLV assume the obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with UNLV’s function as an educational institution. An example of academic misconduct is plagiarism. Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of another, from the Internet or any source, without proper citation of the sources. See the Student Academic Misconduct Policy (approved December 9, 2005) located at:

The University requires all members of the University Community to familiarize themselves and to follow copyright and fair use requirements. You are individually and solely responsible for violations of copyright and fair use laws. The university will neither protect nor defend you nor assume any responsibility for employee or student violations of fair use laws. Violations of copyright laws could subject you to federal and state civil penalties and criminal liability, as well as disciplinary action under University policies. Additional information can be found at:



Portable external drive or USB thumb drive, any other media you may prefer for archiving files
Sketchbook/notebook for developing design ideas and taking notes
Other materials as appropriate to planned projects.

Grading Overview
A –Superior work, all criteria have been surpassed. Student demonstrates mastery of technical skills; computer artwork and document construction to professional standards, file construction demonstrates concern for efficiency, transparency, and editability. Design solutions and process shows in-depth research and exploration of the designer. Insightful or unique visual solutions, appropriate and polished application of techniques, evidence of systematic development and visual research in a rich and well-presented process notebook. Process notebook exhibits clear evidence of rigorous refinement of final solution well-matched to context and audience. Participates and contributes to class discussions, team projects, and critiques. Offers insightful and productive analysis of other student's project. Articulate in presentation of own work.
B –Very good work, all criteria have been surpassed, above average, strong work. Project execution and computer documents are technically competent, file construction organized, transparent, and editable when in native format. Document construction shows concern for good craft and transparency. Design solutions show evidence of effort and analysis. Process book shows evidence of and application of systematic visual research. Student puts forth clear effort towards growth, participates in class is attentive during critiques with intermittent comments on others' work.
C –Criteria have been met, adequate good work. Production ready design documents. Conventional solutions with some thought. Maintenance of basic requirements in process book and other assignment materials; attends classes and occasionally comments in critiques and class discussion.
D – Barely meets the project criteria, or not all criteria met. Project execution and computer documents are technically poor, or not to production standards. Predictable or conventional design solutions, or poor match between given solution and problem context. Student participates infrequently in class discussions or critiques.
F –Work does not meet all of the criteria, is incomplete or of very poor quality. No effort to gain technical control, sloppy or inefficient document construction, little to no evidence of meaningful research or idea exploration. Student misses critique, regular classes, or fails to spend appropriate time on projects outside of class. Does not participate in class discussions or critiques.
Project Evaluation
Process & Research (20% of project grade): defined as research, schematic thumbnail sketches, and computer roughs, as recorded in process notebook or as designated per project.
Execution (60% of project grade): defined as the implementation of the design such as visual organization, typography, and effective communication. The specific parameters will vary somewhat according to the nature of the project. Project -specific criteria will be provided at the time of assignment.
Presentation (20% of project grade): The visual aspects of your design work presentation, as well as your verbal presentation, and quality of written materials.
Final Portfolio
Students will create a portfolio of all of the final versions of projects and related research assembled and created during the semester. This will be archived on a DVD or CD; the disk will not be returned.

All physical student artwork not claimed and removed within two weeks of the last day of class automatically becomes the property of the Art Department and will be disposed of at the Department's discretion.

The Disability Resource Center
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Religious Holidays Policy
Any student missing class quizzes, examinations, or any other class or lab work because of observance of religious holidays shall be given an opportunity during that semester to make up missed work. The make-up will apply to the religious holiday absence only. It shall be the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor no later than the last day of late registration of his or her intention to participate in religious holidays which do not fall on state holidays or periods of class recess. This policy shall not apply in the event that administering the test or examination at an alternate time would impose an undue hardship on the instructor or the university which could have been avoided. For additional information, please visit:

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The following statement is recommended for inclusion in course syllabi: The University requires all members of the University Community to familiarize themselves and to follow copyright and fair use requirements. You are individually and solely responsible for violations of copyright and fair use laws. The university will neither protect nor defend you nor assume any responsibility for employee or student violations of fair use laws. Violations of copyright laws could subject you to federal and state civil penalties and criminal liability, as well as disciplinary action under University policies. To familiarize yourself with copyright and fair use policies, you are encouraged to visit the following website:
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